Harlan City Police arrested a man Saturday on an arrest warrant dating back to 1998, putting him back behind bars after 14 years as a fugitive.
Ralph North, 49, formerly of Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested on a warrant stemming from a parole violation from Marion County by Harlan City Police Officer Will Pope. North had been placed on parole after being convicted of child molestation in another state.
According to a press release from the Harlan City Police Department, a joint investigation involving the U.S. Marshals Service and Harlan city police officers led to the location and arrest of North.
The release states North was discovered to be living in a single story residence at Beech Grove Lane in Mary Alice. At approximately 1 a.m. Saturday, North was located and placed under arrest by Officer Will Pope. Pope was assisted in the arrest by officers Mike Ashurst, Andy Soltess and Hunter Luttrell.
North was charged with being a fugitive from another state and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center where he is being held on a federal detainer awaiting extradition to Indiana by federal marshals.
In other police news:
* Timothy Motley, 52, of Benham, was arrested by Benham Police Officer Ryan Shepherd on Friday and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree assault.
According to the citation, Motley approached Jeane Carlton while she was on her porch and assaulted her by hitting her in the eye with a cane.
Motley was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond;
* Melvin Day, 32, of Evarts, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Hunter Luttrell on Friday on charges of third-degree criminal trespassing, public intoxication and first-degree promoting contraband. Day was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond in addition to a $300 full cash bond with jail credit;
* Claudette Craiger, 63, of Partridge, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Luttrell on Friday on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Craiger was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 full cash bond;
* Edward Brackett, 59, of Harlan, was arrested Thursday by Kentucky State Police Trooper Craig Miller on a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment. Bracket was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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